It is estimated that there are in excess of 200,000 kilometres hiking trails in all over Germany. Importantly, the hiking trails cross diverse scenery. Some crisscross rivers, flowering fields, and other ascend steep peaks. Essentially, whatever landscape you want to hike in, there is a trail for you. This top 9 hiking trail will explore the must-try hiking trails.
A quick note: You can hike all of these trails all year round. However, hiking during winter might require special equipment.
The appreciation of places with natural beauty increased significantly during the 18th century. Consequently, such destinations attracted a high number of tourists. A good example of such places included Saxon Switzerland, which lies just south of Dresden. The unique rock formations were viewed as wild and romantic.
Over time the trail Malerweg, better known as Painter’s Way, developed. It took visitors through the rocky formation, allowing them to explore the beauty of the landscape. This trail is still popular. Using historical guidebooks, it was restored in 2006.
The German hiking Association has bestowed the top hiking trails a premium rating. The Palatinate Forest located in south-western Germany has 25 of these trails. Among these trails is German-French Burgenweg. These trails connect the Alsace region with the Palatinate region.
Back In Time
The Rennsteig is a 170 kilometres hiking trails located on a ridge in the Thuringian Forest. The forest and the trail are found in central Germany running from Eisenach to Blackenstein. The first historical mention of this hiking trail was in the 13th century. However, it was only opened up to the public in the 19th century. However, during the Cold War, when Germany was divided, the tails were only partly accessible. After the reunification of Germany, tourists could explore the entire path. In 1999, it was classified as a cultural monument.
The Iron Curtain divided Germany, and Europe by extension, between the East and the West for over 40 years. Fast forward to today, you can hike the over 1,393-kilometre Green Belt. This hiking trail with the plenty of signposts, watchtowers, fortifications, and will take you through the historical journey, giving hikers a look into Germany’s unique past.
The late summer heather bloom turns Lüneburg Heath, northern Germany into a picturesque lilac wonderland. This unique scenery is made possible by the Heidschnucken, a special local moorland sheep breed that grazes in the fields. The very popular hiking trail, Heidschnuckenweg has been named with the sheep in mind. The hiking trails take hikers from Hamburg to Celle passing through the heathland.
The Allgäu Alps found in southern Germany are unique hiking trails. They form part of the E5 European long-distance hiking trail that covers an enormous 3,200 kilometres. The track starts in Brittany in France, traversing through Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and ends in Italy at Verona. As has been a tradition since 1969, there are about 12 long-distance hiking trails crisscrossing the various counties. This is a symbol of cooperation.
The northern Germany region of Harz and its hilly rugged landscape is a popular hiking destination. Among the most popular hiking trails is the Brocken trail which rises to 1,141 meters, the highest peak in the Harz. Hikers are taken through the historical region, walking the same trail that poet Goethe hiked on. Furthermore, hikers get to enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. However, if you are not up to the challenge, you can take the historical Brocken railways to the top.
During the low tide, you get to enjoy a unique view of the world that thrives in the mud and silt. Just for a few hours, you can hike on the ocean floor in Germany’s Northern Sea coast. While there is a limited number of trails, mudflat does guide hikers on how to safely hike through the wet and often muddy terrain. You can hike the Wadden Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage site added in 2009.
Wine On The Rhine
The Rhine River Valley offer picturesque views, mother nature, and history. The Rheinsteig trail, a 320-kilometre trail follows Germany’s longest river, taking hikers from Bonn to Wiesbaden. Through the hike, hikers get to enjoy the forest, castles, palaces, monuments, vineyards, and much more. Importantly, there is infrastructure to help hikers take on the challenge. For instance, in the Middle Rhine Valley where are steep banks, there is a via ferrata for hikers to use.